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Ken Follett Quotes and Sayings

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I use a professional researcher in New York who does all the legwork,
all that stuff which would take me days and weeks of calling,
waiting for people to call back.
- Ken Follett

The research is the easiest.
The outline is the most fun.
The first draft is the hardest, because every word
of the outline has to be fleshed out.
The rewrite is very satisfying.
- Ken Follett

With hindsight, we see that the Soviet Union never
had a chance of world domination,
but we didn't know that then.
- Ken Follett

Be a perfectionist.
- Ken Follett

 

I enjoy learning technical details.
- Ken Follett

A very good editor is almost a collaborator.
- Ken Follett

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the
middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
- Ken Follett

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An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly.
So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
- Ken Follett

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett

When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think,
'What would a woman do?' I just think,
'What would this character do in this situation?'
- Ken Follett

Culture clash is terrific drama.
- Ken Follett

I like to create imaginary characters and events around
a real historical situation.
I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn't happen,
but it might have.
- Ken Follett

It was the most romantic plane ever made.
- Ken Follett

James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing
and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing.
There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond.
- Ken Follett

Thrillers have been traditionally very masculine books;
the women characters often rather decorative.
- Ken Follett

We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next,
whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long
passages of undramatic summary.
- Ken Follett

I don't think there's any great mystery to writing female characters,
so long as you talk to them.
If you lived in a monastery and never met any women,
maybe it would be difficult.
- Ken Follett

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett

The CIA's research program is described in a book called
The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
- Ken Follett

Most of my stories have some basis in fact.
- Ken Follett

World War II is the greatest drama in human history,
the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil.
I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it,
and readers will continue to love them,
for many more years.
- Ken Follett

There was a very serious communist strain among American
intellectuals before the war.
America was a more tolerant place in those days,
and Communists were not treated as pariahs.
That ended with the McCarthy era.
- Ken Follett

In my books, women often solve the problem.
Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character.
She does change the plot.
She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
- Ken Follett

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz PHOTO

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
- John F. Kennedy

Make the best use of what is in your power,
and take the rest as it happens.
- Epictetus

We must use time creatively.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means we use must be as pure
as the ends we seek.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't fight forces, use them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Use what talents you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there,
except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

INTENT:
We hold the power to make things happen
through our intent -
to the extent that we use our intention
with compassion and without ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

USE this time of fresh beginnings.
Use it as an impetus, the force or energy toward change.
Become stronger, a better leader, more focused in your thoughts.
Exert more influence over your dreams
by bringing them closer to your thoughts, every day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is a power for good in the universe
greater than you are and you can use it.
- Ernest Holmes

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I mayn't tell you what I feel,
what is the use of a friend?
- William Makepeace Thackeray

It is no use walking anywhere to preach
unless our walking is our preaching.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

Yesterday is like a dung heap;
you can complain about the smell,
or you can use it to fertilize tomorrow's garden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Understand that the right to
choose your own path
is a sacred privilege.
Use it.
Dwell in possibility.
- Oprah Winfrey

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In all my ways of seeing - may I use new glasses,
a telescope and a microscope.
And may I always allow myself to see a circumstance
through the tender hearts of my friends.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

All the energy of the universe is mine
to use as spirit directs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you and persecute you.
- Matthew 5:44

Do not use a hatchet to remove
a fly from your friend's forehead.
- Chinese Proverb

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
- William Penn

In life you are given two ends;
one to think with and the other to sit on.
Your success in life depends on which end you use most.
Heads you win, tails you lose.
- Conrad Burns

If at first you don't succeed,
try, try, and try again.
Then give up.
There's no use being a damned fool about it.
- W. C. Fields

Treat your password like your toothbrush.
Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
- Clifford Stoll

Every contrivance of man, every tool,
every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use,
of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.
- Robert Collier


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